The encounters with Christ are varied and diverse but they are powerful

by Derrel Emmerson

11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11

There is far more evidence for the resurrection of Christ than there is for most conjectures of those who deduce history from bones and digs. Conjectures are based on deductions. The resurrection is based upon living witnesses and the evidences of the Holy Spirit, who raised Christ from the dead, lives in His people in transforming power and ignites hope wherever he is present.

The resurrection of Christ is validated because his appearance was repeated over a period of 40 days, to a large number of witnesses, in different settings during which time he was touched and even ate with those who became witnesses of his resurrection.

We have to note that Luke, a deliberate person and a physician, begins his gospel with the following words:

Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Furthermore, none of the early disciples could believe their eyes when Jesus appeared and had settled down into hiding because they were afraid of losing their lives from their association with Jesus. Something happened in their life which was so powerful they became fearless witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection and most of them eventually died rather than denounce what they had seen.

Eventually, we come to Paul who was an enemy of those early witnesses until he had an encounter with the risen Christ as recorded in Acts 9 by Luke the careful fact seeking physician. Paul became one of the boldest Christians and wrote these words:

1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. (I Corinthians 15:1-8)

Finally, we have centuries of people who have had encounters with Christ which were life changing for them. The testimonies go on. The life changes go on. The encounters with Christ are varied and diverse but they are powerful.

It is now a matter for each of us to respond or react which places each of us in a situation of great security or peril. We cannot simply brush aside the testimony of Christ’s resurrection as if it is just merely a subject of casual interest.

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A look at this week’s highlights on Wellsboro Home Page.

by Wellsboro Home Page – November 29-30, 2014

It’s time once again to take a look at what happened the past week. The Weekly Highlights are a great way to catch up, but don’t forget that you can always watch the full stories from either our front page or the archives section.
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THE ROBERT BLAIR CHRISTMAS CARD EXHIBIT
“A Blair House Original Limited Edition Christmas Card Collection: 1993—2014” has been a multi-decade project in the making. It has been 21 years since I first started this Blair House Tradition. At times it seems like a flash of a moment…at others times like a lifetime…life’s great mystery. I remember so clearly coming up with the idea for my own Christmas card after visiting so many card shops in Wellsboro and Corning and not finding one that reflected my vision of Christmas . . . then it hit me. I take some pretty good night photographs of Wellsboro, why not make my own cards…and the Blair House Tradition was begun…” Read more.
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THANKFUL FOR FAMILY AND ICE CREAM
What do Thanksgiving, adoption, and ice cream have in common? Find out today on Wellsboro Home Page! Our Penn State correspondent Corrin Jones talks with Home Page Operations Manager John Vogt. In today’s feature, John shares about the blessings of adoption and how his grandfather, (a Penn State Graduate), learned his trade of making that famous Vogt’s Ice Cream from Penn State University. Vogt’s Ice cream was based in Emporium, Pennsylvania and operated for many years back in the 1930s to the early 60s. Read more.
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WELCOME TO DUNHAM’S CORNER!
Twas many nights before Christmas
And all through Dunham’s department store
Came a group of children eager to explore.
Not alone, of course,
But with help from a trusted guide
Who helped them discover the joys inside!

Today we welcome our Wellsboro Home Page viewers to a brand new feature. It’s called Dunham’s Corner, and you never know what might happen here! But we can tell you this – it will be fun, informative and save you money. Ann Dunham Rawson is the host of this new feature. You can always find this broadcast listed under Special Features, located on our left sidebar under the heading “Special Features.”
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GIVING THANKS
Today on Wellsboro Home Page we give thanks for our many blessings. Life can be difficult and very challenging at times, but we can always find things for which we are thankful.
I have found that a thankful heart will bring a person peace, rest and great joy. Being thankful is not only a tremendous blessing to those around us, but it has great benefits for us as well.
Being thankful moves us from being cranky and ill-tempered to being patient and loving. Being thankful helps us to get our eyes off ourselves and looking to the needs of others. Being thankful tends to make us a giver instead of a taker. A thankful person is a kind person. When we are thankful we tend to be joyful and more appreciative of others. Read more.

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BLACK FRIDAY DEALS IN WELLSBORO!
It’s Black Friday in Wellsboro, PA! The Christmas shopping season has officially begun, with deals and special sales going on throughout the area. So, here we go! Make it fun, make it safe and be kind and courteous to store clerks and fellow shoppers. Don’t get pulled into the frenzy and end up with regrets. And most of all, never forget the real reason for the season.
Take a few short minutes and watch today’s broadcast feature. By the time you’re finished, you will have a pretty good idea on where to find some of the best deals in town! If you are looking for gift ideas for kids, make sure you watch this past Wednesday’s broadcast titled, “Welcome to Dunham’s Corner.”
Have a great BLACK FRIDAY shopping experience, and don’t forget to come up for air every now and then at one of our outstanding restaurants! Happy shopping from all of your family here at Wellsboro Home Page.

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You don’t have to drive to save, and the selections are plentiful!

by John Vog – November 28, 2014

It’s Black Friday in Wellsboro, PA! The Christmas shopping season has officially begun, with deals and special sales going on throughout the area. So, here we go! Make it fun, make it safe and be kind and courteous to store clerks and fellow shoppers. Don’t get pulled into the frenzy and end up with regrets. And most of all, never forget the real reason for the season.

Take a few short minutes and watch today’s broadcast feature. By the time you’re finished, you will have a pretty good idea on where to find some of the best deals in town! If you are looking for gift ideas for kids, make sure you watch this past Wednesday’s broadcast titled, “Welcome to Dunham’s Corner.”

Have a great BLACK FRIDAY shopping experience, and don’t forget to come up for air every now and then at one of our outstanding restaurants! Happy shopping from all of your family here at Wellsboro Home Page.

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What are YOU thankful for?

by John Vogt – November 27, 2014

Today on Wellsboro Home Page we give thanks for our many blessings. Life can be difficult and very challenging at times, but we can always find things for which we are thankful.

I have found that a thankful heart will bring a person peace, rest and great joy. Being thankful is not only a tremendous blessing to those around us, but it has great benefits for us as well.

Being thankful moves us from being cranky and ill-tempered to being patient and loving. Being thankful helps us to get our eyes off ourselves and looking to the needs of others. Being thankful tends to make us a giver instead of a taker. A thankful person is a kind person. When we are thankful we tend to be joyful and more appreciative of others.

A thankful heart tends to be a cheerful heart, and a cheerful heart is good medicine – but a broken spirit dries up the bones, sapping a person’s strength. Conversely, a person with a heart of thanksgiving tends to be stronger. Have you ever noticed how a thankful person can somehow press on through adversity, making the most out of a challenging situation until reaching full recovery. Then, quite often, they go on to bring comfort to others as they themselves have been comforted.

Today on Wellsboro Home Page we had the opportunity to walk Main Street and speak with a number of very thankful people. Just listening to their comments and thoughts encouraged our hearts. We hope that it will be the same for you when you watch today’s feature.

Finally, we encourage you to take a little time today to reflect on and thank those people who have made a difference, for good, in your life. Most of all we encourage you to thank the One who loves you most for His many blessings. To God be the glory for the things He has done, is doing, and is about to do.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving, from all the staff here at Wellsboro Home Page.

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But, do it in secret entering the joy of the Lord!

by Derrel Emmerson

Luke 6
38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Taken as a maxim, as it should be, this text is one of the most revolutionary motivational principles ever taught.

The nature of God is revealed in this statement. God is lavish. God gives. He is continually pouring out his benefits, wooing the wayward and reaching out to bless saint and sinner alike. This is the essence of the Biblical narrative in that God sought out those who were not seeking Him. He made a covenant with those who had no idea a covenant could be made with Holy God.

In the Old Testament the very word for God’s nature in Hebrew is Ruach. It literally means “wind, breath, spirit.” Even when we speak that word we have to breath out as we pronounce it. God is the animator, life-giver, breath-giver and the “ever breathing outward Holy Spirit.” (ed: clarification.) To be like Him is to share such grace.

So- the practical thought is plain. If you want to participate in life-giving living and to have more to offer, more life to enjoy and “more seed to sow” you need to aspire to be a giver. Give as you have received. Be generous. By so doing we will be empowered and blessed even more by His Holy Spirit.

When Jesus is present in our lives and we are living lives of faith we will demonstrate liberality and even lavish liberality. We will give because we know we cannot out-give god. We will give knowing we will have nothing which has meaning or significance to give if we do not give out to others. We will give because we want to enjoy God who Himself rejoices in His love.

When we give in such faith we will find, Jesus said, “it will be given to you” so generously that it will be like an apron full of grain spilling out over the ground which comes back to you.

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:10-15

We must never forget (children) that a real giver never makes a show of a gift. They do it secretly if possible, silently always and without fanfare. From the concepts of Margarete’ Shaner

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This is our peace – proposing harmony…

by Derrel Emmerson

Because the church is comprised of people, hopefully “growing in Christ people,” she has her issues. Sometimes being a member of a community, any community is painful. In the church it is so much more so because the expectations are higher. This poem was written one day while contemplating the church one day from an experiential level.

The Church

The fox drove us in here
where thorns tear our fur
and tender skin.
There is safety here and
warm whorls of grass –
nesting places.
We are rabbits,
eyes timorous, quieted
among sharp edges
where safety emulates fangs
minus the gullet.
We are settled with others driven
to an imperfect haven,
but home.
In here all naked creatures
wait out the winter,
defy the brush beatings of
those would draw our blood
for sport or food.
This is our peace –
proposing harmony.

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Dunham’s Department Store debuts their new feature!

by John Vogt

Twas many nights before Christmas
And all through Dunham’s department store
Came a group of children eager to explore.
Not alone, of course,
But with help from a trusted guide
Who helped them discover the joys inside!

Today we welcome our Wellsboro Home Page viewers to a brand new feature. It’s called Dunham’s Corner, and you never know what might happen here! But we can tell you this – it will be fun, informative and save you money. Ann Dunham Rawson is the host of this new feature. You can always find this broadcast listed under Special Features, located on our left sidebar under the heading “Special Features.”

On today’s program Ann and her many helpers introduce us to a number of great new toys – just in time for Christmas! You don’t have to drive to Horseheads, Pennsdale or even Walmart in Mansfield. Save your gas, wear and tear on the car, and the hassle. The top floor at Dunham’s department store is a toy store odyssey. Be sure to watch today’s feature for details on some of the hottest and most fun toys available today.

Remember, the 33-hour sale starts on Friday at 8:00 AM and concludes on Monday at 5:30 PM. During the sale there will be an early shoppers bonus drawing for over $500.00 in gift cards. Plus 150 door busters!

Mom and Dad, you can also join in on the fun with two great items on sale during the 33-hour extravaganza. The indoor/outdoor Kidoozie POGO JUMPER (regularly priced at $14.99) is marked down to $9.99. This “funner than fun” jumper has a 250 LB weight limit and is built for ages 4 and up. Yes, you can do this. It’s guaranteed to make you laugh! We all need more of that. Lighted Explorer Helmets (regularly priced at $16.99) are now just $11.99! There are 6 colors to choose from and batteries are included. The helmet is adjustable to fit children and adults.

There are Chuggington and Melissa & Doug trains and track sets – two Dunham’s Toy Store favorites for many years. You’ll also find lots of critters, dolls, kitchen sets and supplies, puzzles, books, art supplies, puppets, jewelry, furniture and racks and racks of quality clothing. These are just the beginning of the endless gift shopping ideas featured at Dunham’s. Free gift wrapping is offered as part of Dunham’s outstanding customer service.

Don’t forget to visit dunhamswellsboro.com and print your special 20%-off coupon from Melissa & Doug Toys. This coupon entitles you to receive a special discount on one of the toys featured in their special promotion.

Yes, it was true back in the day and it’s still true today – “There’s something about Dunham’s.”

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When we are tested He can help us to resist temptation.

by Derrel Emmerson

Luke 11
“Father, Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.”

Now we must say something we usually address at the beginning of any commentary of “The Lord’s Prayer.” It is this. Jesus was not giving his disciples a prayer to pray. He was giving them a “for-instance.” He was saying to them in effect, “When you pray this is an example of prayer you should be praying.”

Even this outline of prayer is sufficient as a prayer. This outline has been meaningful for generations of praying people. It is succinct, beautiful and covers the matters of our lives that are basic to human living.

In effect, Jesus taught that our prayers are received by a friendly God. He loves us even though He is the noblest of all beings. Jesus is also saying that we are free to petition this hallowed God for those basic things of life which comprise our human existence. Finally, he takes us to something which can hinder our prayers. It is our tendency to be led astray by being tempted by unchecked desires instead of real needs.

We know from scripture that God does not tempt humans to sin. (James 1:3) He does, however, allow us to be tested. When we are tested He can help us to resist temptation. We need to pray for his help to avoid the tempting trap of demanding what we covet for selfish ends. The refined understanding of Jesus words are “Lead us not into temptation (testing) but lead us away from it.”

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Thanksgiving, Adoption, and a trip to the Penn State Berkey Creamery

by Corrin Jones & John Vogt – November 25, 2014

What do Thanksgiving, adoption, and ice cream have in common? Find out today on Wellsboro Home Page! Our Penn State correspondent Corrin Jones talks with Home Page Operations Manager John Vogt. In today’s feature, John shares about the blessings of adoption and how his grandfather, (a Penn State Graduate), learned his trade of making that famous Vogt’s Ice Cream from Penn State University. Vogt’s Ice cream was based in Emporium, Pennsylvania and operated for many years back in the 1930s to the early 60s.

John was adopted by this ice cream-loving family back in 1949. He reflected on how God blessed him with the best Dad and Mom any kid could have. John had his own ice cream bowl and remembered walking out to the ice cream factory with “Pop,” (his Grandfather), putting his bowl under a big steel trough and catching fresh ice cream before it was moved to the deep freeze.

There is something at Penn State, (where John’s Grandfather learned how to make his famous ice cream), that has become part of its history and tradition. The Penn State Berkey Creamery is famous for its ice cream and is the largest university creamery in the nation. Creamery Manager, Tom Palchak, sat down with Wellsboro Home Page and described the process behind the delicious ice cream. The Berkey Creamery makes about 100 ice cream flavors, 10 frozen yogurt flavors and 6 sherbet flavors that pair nicely with Thanksgiving treats.
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HERE IS JOHN AND SARA’S ADOPTION STORY: Our adoption story began back in 1949. I was an orphan with no hope and no future. But the Lord promises to be a Father to the fatherless and care for the orphan. In His great mercy and love God cared for me and gave me the best Dad and Mom that any kid could have.

Sara and I were united in marriage August 21, 1971. Sara’s doctors told that she would never be able to have children. We both love kids and dreamed of having a son and a daughter. I reassured Sara that God could help us build a family through the blessings of adoption.

Then one summer night in June of 1973 I was lying on the floor of our living room in Arlington, VA in great pain. I had ruptured two disc in my back and I could hardly move. I could not sleep in a bed. That night as we embraced we realized that we had very little going for us… no home, just a small one bedroom apartment, no money, employment threatened because of my ruptured discs and no children with Sara’s womb closed. It was in this darkness and total frustration that I spoke these words… “If God wants us to have a baby we will have a baby”. The docs had said, “no way… that would be physically impossible.” But on March 28, 1974 the God of the impossible gave us a son. We named him John Regis Vogt. We call him Regis after my Dad the man who took me in his arms and loved me to life when I was an orphan.

The Lord blessed us with a son but where was our little girl? As the years went by our hopes for a daughter began to fade. We had moved to Washington, DC and life was very busy. We poured ourselves into loving our son and working hard in our broadcasting careers. We came to the place in our older age where we were no longer thinking about more children.

Then one morning while doing an interview with America World Adoption I heard about these little orphan girls in China. As AWAA’s founder Brian Luwis shared with our listeners my heart burned within me. Later that night I asked Sara, “Do you think that the Lord may be calling us to go to China and rescue one of these little orphan girls and bring her home as our daughter?”

We had to wonder if this was why God allowed Sara’s womb to be closed?And so, after much prayer and lots of encouragement from family and friends we began a great adventure in love.

On May 21, 2002 they placed Johanna Renee in our arms and life has never been the same. What would we do without her? She is the most loving, kind and talented child that any parent could have. Johanna loves God and loves people.

But God was not finished with our adoption story. The process of bringing Johanna home only made us more aware of the millions of children around the world that desperately need a Mom and Dad.

We began our paper pregnancy for daughter number two in 2005. Five years later we got the call from Living Hope Adoption Agency that our referral had arrived. But things were much different for us now. With the economic downturn the Vogt family was out of money and had little time before we were scheduled to leave for China. When we adopted Johanna we had plenty of resources to cover our adoption expenses. With Julianna it would turn out to be one of the most humbling experiences that we have ever been through.

Like many other families who adopt we had to raise our support. But, when you are the one who needs assistance you begin to truly understand how difficult it is to ask others for help. For most of our 40 years together Sara and I were able to reach out to others who were in need. Now the situation was reversed. Our total expenses to bring Julianna home was around $33,000.00 and we were about $15,000.00 short. Thanks to Vineyard Church of Wellsboro and all of our family and friends who helped us through that last minute crises.

On July 26, 2010 in Nanchang, China Julianna Elizabeth was rescued, saved and redeemed. She was chosen by us and received a new name and family. She was no longer an orphan without hope or a future. She was now a joint heir with Regis and Johanna. She would now be bathed in love. Old things had passed away and all things had become new. She was given a new life through the blessings of adoption. Sound familiar? This is what Papa God does for each of us who put their hope in Him. We don’t deserve it. We can not earn it. By Him and through Him we receive the Spirit of Adoption and cry out Abba Father … Papa God … Daddy. Oh, how He loves you and me.

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Be the first to identify Bob’s favorite and win a $100.00 gift certificate! *

by Robert J. Blair – Monday, November 24, 2014

“A Blair House Original Limited Edition Christmas Card Collection: 1993—2014” has been a multi-decade project in the making. It has been 21 years since I first started this Blair House Tradition. At times it seems like a flash of a moment…at others times like a lifetime…life’s great mystery. I remember so clearly coming up with the idea for my own Christmas card after visiting so many card shops in Wellsboro and Corning and not finding one that reflected my vision of Christmas . . . then it hit me. I take some pretty good night photographs of Wellsboro, why not make my own cards…and the Blair House Tradition was begun.

You might think it is easy to have a collection of photos to choose from, but bear in mind, the window of opportunity to capture the Christmas Season with a snow storm properly timed has caused me much stress over the years. Some of the photos selected have been photographed several different times just to get the right one. The hardest one, so far, has to be the Allen Barn . . . A Simple Country Christmas featured in 2003 . . . the 10th Anniversary. I bundled up several nights in the coldest of winter nights for many years from late evening to very early morning through blizzards and bitter cold . . . I shot the barn 10-12 times until that one magical moment on December 9, 2002. When I opened that envelope of freshly developed prints of the captured image, I knew in an instant it was the one.

Each Photograph was taken in the evening, usually late evening or early morning and most of the time it was very cold. They are extended exposure photographs usually around a 10 second exposure taken with my Nikon F3S film camera on my Silk Tripod. Imagine not seeing the results of a shot until the film is developed. Bracketing of shots from 2 to 12 seconds created the idea shot. My first digital photograph was last year’s WBN. This year’s card is also digital. As important as the photograph I select is the research I perform for the description on the back of the card. Over the years Betty Frazier and Scott Gitchell have assisted me.

Over the years so many recipients of this card have told me how much they love the cards. Some have all of them framed . . . A task I have never done myself until now. As you explore my exhibit you are the first persons to view this undertaking. As you can see there were a lot of windows to cut and several photographs and back card descriptions to be mounted. Then there are many with inserts which I have included for each card. In 1993 I sent out 109 cards. Names have been sadly removed due to the passing of some friends and relatives, new ones have gladly been added as I make new friends . . . the total has grown to over 190. It’s hard to be removed from the list and new names are added as my path crosses with another warranted soul. The cards give me a chance to keep contact with friends at least once a year.

So many of you have shared such kind words about the card and as each Christmas Season approaches so many of you try to get out of me what that year’s photo will be. As soon as you open your envelop you know and I guess most of you are pleased.

As with the ending words of each Blair House Original Limited Edition Christmas Card Collection . . .

Merry Christmas from Wellsboro!

PLEASE NOTE: The Photographer’s reception takes place on Sunday, December 7th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Please attend and win a Blair House Photograph at the opening.


* To win the $100.00 gift certificate from The Fifth Season in Wellsboro just watch today’s feature, then visit the Blair Exhibit at the Deane Center in Wellsboro and identify the photo that you believe to be Bob’s favorite. Be the first to email the correct photograph title to john@wellsborohomepage.com at WIN! That’s all there is to it. There is no purchase necessary to win. Thanks for joining us today on Wellsboro Home Page.

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A look at this week’s highlights on Wellsboro Home Page.

by Wellsboro Home Page – November 22 & 23

It’s time once again to take a look at what happened the past week. The Weekly Highlights are a great way to catch up, but don’t forget that you can always watch the full stories from either our front page or the archives section.
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PANTHERS END GREAT SEASON, 9 & 3
The North Penn Mansfield Panthers traveled to South Williamsport this past Friday night to take on the Mountaineers for the District 4 Championship. But Dominick Bragalone and the Mountaineer defense proved to be too much as they brought the curtain down on one of the best seasons in Panther history. It was a tough loss, but the Panthers can certainly hold their heads high as they look back on a great season. Records were set and playoffs were attained. It’s been a dream year for a great bunch of guys capturing an NTL title and having a fantastic 9 and 3 season.
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SAVE THE SKATES, REVIVE THE GYM!
His Thousand Hills currently has an opportunity to replace all the skates in disrepair! There is a skating rink in Virginia that is going out of business and selling everything. If our Wellsboro Home Page family can help raise about $2,000 – they can replace both the skates and sound system in the gym that has not worked properly in several years.
Please help us raise the needed funds to replace the skates and the sound system. Go to this website and make your donation today: http://histhousandhills.org/rollerskates.
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WILL OUT COUNTY TAX INCREASE IN 2015?
Tioga County was established in 1804. Our current population is 42,577. It’s governing body consists of three county commissioners; Erick J. Coolidge, Mark L. Hamilton and Roger C. Bunn. In this feature, Sara Vogt visits with Mark Hamilton about the responsibilities of the commissioners as they serve our county. He revealed several things that our commissioners do and explained that the county has a brochure available that outlines the 17 departments that the commissioners oversee. The level of their involvement in each department varies.
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DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPECIALS!
Don’t miss this Holiday Open House weekend here in Wellsboro. Be sure to stop by all our local businesses and check out the incredible offers. If your coming from out of town and looking for that perfect place to stay, we highly recommend the Sherwood Hotel. With easy access to all of Wellsboro’s shoppes, stores and great restaurants – they will make your stay a warm, cozy and fun experience for the entire family.
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SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS IN BLOSSBURG
Bring your family to Blossburg to celebrate the season on November 29, from 4-8pm as Blossburg V.I.B.E presents the third annual “Small Town Christmas in Blossburg.” Main street will be closed for the event and lined with food and craft vendors, an ice sculpting demo, ice skating, money wheel, Christmas tree sales, and more!
A Small Town Christmas in Blossburg will be a merry start to your holiday season. For all registration forms, please visit www.blossburg.org/smalltown. If you have any questions during the event, look for a V.I.B.E. member wearing a red and white scarf. Event maps will be available online and will be handed out at the food drive boxes.

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The Fifth Season

Enjoy this special holiday celebration in Blossburg next weekend!

by Sarah Vickery – Friday, November 21, 2014

Bring your family to Blossburg to celebrate the season on November 29, from 4-8pm as Blossburg V.I.B.E presents the third annual “Small Town Christmas in Blossburg.” Main street will be closed for the event and lined with food and craft vendors, an ice sculpting demo, ice skating, money wheel, Christmas tree sales, and more! This year, a new feature will be held – the FROSTY 5K run! The race will begin at 9:00am. Following the 5K will be a kids snowflake run for ages 3-5 and 6-8 at 10:45am.
The Blossburg Memorial Library will be hosting a tree lighting ceremony at 7:15pm at the tree by the green bridge. The reading of the “Polar Express” will be at 5:00pm, along with hot chocolate, fudge, and kids activities.
Spice up your holiday season with the chili cook-off. Public tasting, from 4-5:30pm, will determine the champion.
The Victoria Theater is having a free showing of “A Christmas Story” (sponsored by Ward Manufacturing.) Show times will be 3:00 and 8:00pm. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be playing throughout the event between the previous showings. The theater’s famous popcorn and candy will be for sale.
Decades of Beauty Hair & Nail Salon is hosting pictures with Santa by Julie Nowak. Each child will receive a special gift from Santa. You can also drop off your letter to the North Pole! For family pictures, make sure to stop by MRC Jones Associates and let Loretta’s Photography capture this memory.
Stop by Toddler U to make “reindeer food.” They will also be having free Christmas cookie decorating.
The Brick Tavern will be hosting Wine and Design. Stop in to paint an assortment of holiday pictures and enjoy the Christmas Carolers.
Blossburg V.I.B.E. will also be hosting a food drive for the Matthew 25 food pantry. You will find large wrapped boxes on either side of Main Street available for you to place non-perishable items.

Many sponsors have made this event possible, including: First Citizens Community Bank, Susquehanna Health, MRC Jones Associates, Toddler University, Sarah’s Dog Grooming, Hydro Recovery, Tioga/Bradford County Housing Authority, Acorn Market, Nickerson Construction, Graham’s Heating A/C & Refrigeration, Cole & Burd, Ollock Dental Group, and Southern Tioga School District – My Cyber Campus.

A Small Town Christmas in Blossburg will be a merry start to your holiday season. For all registration forms, please visit www.blossburg.org/smalltown. If you have any questions during the event, look for a V.I.B.E. member wearing a red and white scarf. Event maps will be available online and will be handed out at the food drive boxes.

(Photos of the event featured in today’s video were provided by Jill Nickerson.)

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The Fifth Season

Wellsboro businesses offer weekend holiday shopping event!

by John Vogt – Thursday, November 20, 2014

This weekend is a going to be one of those special weekends in beautiful Wellsboro, PA. It’s Holiday Open House weekend! This is a perfect time to visit downtown Wellsboro, beat the crowds and find some fabulous deals on early Christmas shopping.

For example: At the Fifth Season, located at 100 Main Street in Wellsboro, you can save 15% on your purchase of $25 or more AND take home a free gift. This special offer runs this coming Friday through Monday. They have raffles, giveaways and DOZENS of homemade cookies for you to enjoy as you shop.

At Dunham’s Department store you can save oodles, just ask Elli the Elephant – (see video above for more on that!) Dunham’s is revving up their Santa Bucks savings, which really means that anything and everything in the store is on sale for big savings.

The Wired Rooster is offering a dirty Horchata… which doesn’t sound all that appetizing until you find out what makes it dirty! You’ll have to stop in to find out.

Garrison’s is celebrating their big KICK-OFF TO CHRISTMAS with a fantastic outerwear sale. Right now you can save half-price on a huge rack of winter jackets. Quality winter clothing at great savings are just a short walk away!

Take a step back in time to your local old-fashioned candy store on Main Street, USA – at Peggy’s Candies and Gifts! You will find the sweetest candy on earth. But it’s not just the candy that makes Peggy’s special. It’s things like ice cream from Hershey, chocolates from Gardners, Slush Puppies, gourmet jelly beans from Jelly Belly, warm roasted nuts, and the best fudge you’ve ever tasted! Right now at Peggy’s (for every $20.00 spent) receive a chance to win “Yodel the Dog.” See today’s feature video for a look at Yodel.

Don’t miss this Holiday Open House weekend here in Wellsboro. Be sure to stop by all our local businesses and check out the incredible offers. If your coming from out of town and looking for that perfect place to stay, we highly recommend the Sherwood Hotel. With easy access to all of Wellsboro’s shoppes, stores and great restaurants – they will make your stay a warm, cozy and fun experience for the entire family.

See you this weekend in Wellsboro, PA for the Holiday Open House celebration!

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The Fifth Season

Commissioner Mark Hamilton reveals the plan today on Home Page.

by Sara Vogt – November 19, 2014

Tioga County was established in 1804. Our current population is 42,577. It’s governing body consists of three county commissioners; Erick J. Coolidge, Mark L. Hamilton and Roger C. Bunn. Today, Sara Vogt visits with Mark Hamilton about the responsibilities of the commissioners as they serve our county. He revealed several things that our commissioners do and explained that the county has a brochure available that outlines the 17 departments that the commissioners oversee. The level of their involvement in each department varies.

The brochure, which is available at the courthouse, has many of the telephone numbers that are helpful in reaching the commissioners and the other departments. It also includes a Budget At-A-Glance and details expenditures for 2013 of $32,972,979 and the different categories where the money was spent. Mr. Hamilton also discussed our county taxes and whether or not they will be going up this coming year. Mark also stated clearly that our Tioga County budget is balanced – there is no debt. We are one of the few counties in the country that can make that claim, which is a great heritage to pass on to the children of Tioga County.

The budget for the year of 2015 is on display at the courthouse for any of us who want to see how the money is being spent on our behalf. On today’s feature, Mark also discusses our property assessment, when it changed last and what’s in store for us in 2015.

For more information on our county government you can go to their website here.

Mark Hamilton is now serving his third term as Tioga County Commissioner. During his tenure as commissioner he has had the privilege of being elected by his peers across the state as the President of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP). Mark started his political endeavors by serving as Mansfield’s Mayor in 2001 during the 9-11-2001 attack on America.

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The Fifth Season

Local youth & retreat center hopes to revive old roller rink!

by John Vogt & Todd Moss – Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Today on Wellsboro Home Page we are encouraging our viewers to join with us on a very special project. You can make a difference for good while promoting family fun and healthy, wholesome activity.

If you have ever been roller skating at His Thousand Hills, then you probably know how terrible their roller skates are. When they were donated to the camp, they were already worn out and that was 20 years ago!
As a non-profit, His Thousand Hills can only work with what they have, so they have continued to use those worn-out skates.

His Thousand Hills currently has an opportunity to replace all the skates in disrepair! There is a skating rink in Virginia that is going out of business and selling everything. If our Wellsboro Home Page family can help raise about $2,000 – they can replace both the skates and sound system in the gym that has not worked properly in several years.

Have you ever heard the old saying, “no individual can do it all, but all of us together can get it done?” If we all give a little, we can get this done and be a blessing to the people of our community – especially our youth. Wellsboro Home Page is donating $100.00 to His Thousand Hills and we are encouraging our Home Page viewers to join with us.

We believe this is a timely opportunity to make these much needed adjustments, as just last Tuesday (on Family Skate Night) they had over 100 people attend – the music was barely playing from one of the only working speakers and several youth went without skates because they did not have enough.

His Thousand Hills offers Family Skate Night to the community at no charge; attendees are welcome to make a donation at the door. This provides a wonderful low-cost opportunity for families to enjoy a night out together. The roller skating is also an important event for all the youth and campers that visit His Thousand Hills from around the country. The local public schools often have field trips and bring their youth to His Thousand Hills to roller skate. Other groups, like Concern, also enjoy bringing their youth to His Thousand Hills for roller skating. Because this is such an important activity offered to the community, His Thousand Hills wants to make it as fun, safe and enjoyable as possible.

Please help us raise the needed funds to replace the skates and the sound system. Go to this website and make your donation today: http://histhousandhills.org/rollerskates.

Thanks to all our Home Page viewers for your generosity and, once again, rising to the occasion to touch our community for good. You are the best! Thanks and blessings.

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The Fifth Season

Bulldozer Bragalone and South head East to take on Old Forge

by John Vogt

The North Penn Mansfield Panthers traveled to South Williamsport this past Friday night to take on the Mountaineers for the District 4 Championship. But Dominick Bragalone and the Mountaineer defense proved to be too much as they brought the curtain down on one of the best seasons in Panther history. It was a tough loss, but the Panthers can certainly hold their heads high as they look back on a great season. Records were set and playoffs were attained. It’s been a dream year for a great bunch of guys capturing an NTL title and having a fantastic 9 and 3 season.

The Mountaineers, with 6 straight loosing seasons, stopped living in their past this year – going all the way to become District 4’s best class A team and claiming South Williamsport’s first district championship since 1997. They have now won 11 straight games. The Mountaineers will travel to Scranton this coming Friday to battle the Old Forge Blue Devils, who are the defending Eastern Region Champions. While Old Forge is favored, they may be in for a surprise if the Mounties’ offensive line can spring Mr. Bragalone. On the very first play from the line of scrimmage Dominick Bragalone stunned the Panthers this past Friday evening with a 68 yard touchdown run. Things continued to go SOUTH for the Panthers from there.

Late in the first quarter the Panthers struck back when Bo Burleigh hit Luke Kelly in the end zone. The first quarter would end with the Mountaineers leading the Panthers 15-6. But during the second quarter the wheels came off the train for the Panthers. Dominick Bragalone and the Mountaineers would shred the North Penn-Mansfield defense, racking up 26 unanswered points. Bragalone would end the game with 380 yards and 5 touchdowns.

The Panthers did not score again until the 4th quarter when Bo Burleigh found Bryce Zaparzynski in the end zone. But North Penn-Mansfield had no defensive answer to Dominick Bragalone, who at times dragged defenders down the field on his way to the goal line. Hats off to the Panthers defense who took a beating trying to bring this muscleman down. It was like trying to tackle a meat grinder!

Toward the end of the game, Bragalone would bulldoze through the Panthers one last time – rushing to the end zone from South Williamsport’s own 43 yard line and bringing the final score to Mountaineers 54, Panthers 14.

Panther’s head coach Tom Dickinson was disappointed in Friday night’s outcome, but had nothing but praise for an outstanding Panthers football team. Their 9 and 3 season is one for the record books. The team put together one of the most successful years in Panther history, reaching the district championship game for the first time.

Bo Burleigh ended with 30 touchdown passes for the season and Bryce Zaparzynski rushed for over 1,000 yards, two years in a row. (Keep eating those wings, Bryce!) The Panthers set a number of new records and showed outstanding determination and character throughout the year. On behalf of all of us here at Wellsboro Home Page, congratulations to the North Penn-Mansfield Panthers on their outstanding season!

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The Fifth Season

A look at this week’s highlights on Wellsboro Home Page.

by Wellsboro Home Page Staff

It’s time once again to take a look at what happened the past week. The Weekly Highlights are a great way to catch up, but don’t forget that you can always watch the full stories from either our front page or the archives section.
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PANTHERS CLAIM FIRST PLAYOFF VICTORY!
The Wellsboro Varsity Football team’s season came to an end as they fell 36-26 to North Penn in the first round of District IV Class A playoffs on Friday, November 7. The Hornets end the 2014 season with a record of 8-3 (3-2 NTL Division 1), while North Penn will face South Williamsport for the District IV Class A championship next week. Wellsboro has enjoyed their first back-to-back winning seasons since the team finished 9-2 and 6-3 in 1995 and 1996 under former head coach Russ Manney. Hildebrand credits his seniors for this accomplishment and for turning the program around from a one or two win team every year.
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HONOR VETS & FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT!
Our Home Page staff and family of advertisers want to thank all of our veterans today. In the studio today we are honored to have the main speaker for the event, Master Sergeant Clare R. Emery, invite us all to come to honor veterans. If you are not able to attend the service, we hope you contact a veteran that you know and thank them for their service. Also on today’s feature – an interview with Maria Millar, violinist/composer for Sonic Escape. The musical trio will be appearing in concert for the Wellsboro Community Concert Association this Friday night at 7:30 in the Wellsboro High School Auditorium. To learn more about each member of SonicEscape, you can visit their website at www.sonicescapemusic.com.
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HONOR OUR GUARDIANS OF LIBERTY
Yesterday morning we enjoyed watching children honor our veterans during a Veterans Day Service at the Don Gill Elementary School. Principal Steve Adams opened the event by explaining Armistice Day and how it became a legal federal holiday called Veterans Day. It all started when the 4th grade class sang the National Anthem. Then Mr. Adams introduced fourteen veterans and they each shared about their military service. The guest veterans were James Mack, Henry Topf, Dr. Bair, Luc Pecynski, Teddy Whitten, Frank Levindoski, Eddie Calhan, Roger Bunn, Gene Clark, Ed Wilson, Stanley Pargells, Tim Cleveland, Eldon Cummings and Robert Spencer. The observance of Veterans Day continued with a service on the Green at 11:00am. An invocation for the service was demonstrated by Calvin Cobb, Chaplain of the VFW Post 4907. The Wellsboro Men Chorus performed a number of patriotic songs for the service. Master Sergeant Clare R. Emery spoke about three women veterans from World War 2 (including Emma Shaw, who attended the event). Sergeant Emery reflected on the day and its meaning and the honoring of all veterans who have helped to protect our country. The service ended with the Tioga County Honor Guard presenting a rifle salute followed by taps played by Stanley Parsells.
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INTERNATIONAL GAMES DAY!
re you looking for something fun to do this Saturday? The Green Free Library is hosting an International Games Day event! Home Page had the chance to talk to the coordinator, Michelle Smith and Pop’s Culture owner Julian Stam, to find out what’s happening and what games will be appearing! The American Library Association is sponsoring International Games Day events at libraries around the nation. This is a free community event open to everyone and will be held this Saturday, November 15th from 1-4 pm.
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THE BRIEFING – PHONE SCAM ALERT!
Today on Wellsboro Home Page Chief Jim Bodine alerts our community to be aware of two PHONE SCAMS being perpetrated on our citizens at this time.
The first scam hitting our area right now involves phone scammers who are calling area residents and convincing some that they are behind on their electric bill. The scammers tell the resident that they have crews standing by to shut off their electricity if they don’t make a payment over the phone to bring their account up to date.
The second phone scam that is beginning to show up in our region is the “IRS Scam.” Scammers are calling residents claiming that he or she is a special agent of the IRS and that they are calling to collect back taxes. They are very convincing and at times rather nasty and threatening. They are telling residents that if they fail to make the payment, an IRS Agent will be knocking at the door and taking them away in hand-cuffs.
Unfortunately, there are people in our area that are falling for these scams. The Wellsboro area has a number of senior citizens that can be bamboozled into believing that these calls are legitimate. These calls can be very convincing, threatening, and frightening to certain residents in our community.
Law enforcement authorities have problems finding and arresting these scammers because they are using throw-away phones (like TracFone) to make their calls. Chief Bodine says that the best thing for you to do if you get a threatening call is to hang up on the scammer. Do not talk with them or give them any information. Do not give you name or verify any information that the scammer may have. Say nothing and hang up. You can then call the organization that they are posing as and report the incident. For example, if the scammer says he is from Discover Card, hang up on the scammer and call Discover Card yourself.
Please help our police department by sharing this information with others in our community, especially those who may be vulnerable to such scams.

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The Fifth Season

Chief Bodine alerts community to phone scammer threats!

by John Vogt

November 14, 2014 – Wellsboro, PA — HP News, Special Report, Scam Alert! Please read carefully and watch today’s video story.

Today on Wellsboro Home Page Chief Jim Bodine alerts our community to be aware of two PHONE SCAMS being perpetrated on our citizens at this time.

The first scam hitting our area right now involves phone scammers who are calling area residents and convincing some that they are behind on their electric bill. The scammers tell the resident that they have crews standing by to shut off their electricity if they don’t make a payment over the phone to bring their account up to date.

The second phone scam that is beginning to show up in our region is the “IRS Scam.” Scammers are calling residents claiming that he or she is a special agent of the IRS and that they are calling to collect back taxes. They are very convincing and at times rather nasty and threatening. They are telling residents that if they fail to make the payment, an IRS Agent will be knocking at the door and taking them away in hand-cuffs.

Unfortunately, there are people in our area that are falling for these scams. The Wellsboro area has a number of senior citizens that can be bamboozled into believing that these calls are legitimate. These calls can be very convincing, threatening, and frightening to certain residents in our community.

Law enforcement authorities have problems finding and arresting these scammers because they are using throw-away phones (like TracFone) to make their calls. Chief Bodine says that the best thing for you to do if you get a threatening call is to hang up on the scammer. Do not talk with them or give them any information. Do not give you name or verify any information that the scammer may have. Say nothing and hang up. You can then call the organization that they are posing as and report the incident. For example, if the scammer says he is from Discover Card, hang up on the scammer and call Discover Card yourself.

Please help our police department by sharing this information with others in our community, especially those who may be vulnerable to such scams.

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The Fifth Season

It’s all fun & games this Saturday at the Green Free Library!

by Victoria Pearson

Are you looking for something fun to do this Saturday? The Green Free Library is hosting an International Games Day event! Home Page had the chance to talk to the coordinator, Michelle Smith and Pop’s Culture owner Julian Stam, to find out what’s happening and what games will be appearing! The American Library Association is sponsoring International Games Day events at libraries around the nation. This is a free community event open to everyone and will be held this Saturday, November 15th from 1-4 pm. “Board games are a great way to stimulate the imagination.” says Pop’s Culture owner, Julian Stam. The event will consist of card games, board games, mind games, and more! (Watch our feature above to see samples!) All ages and families are welcomed to come down and share this fun afternoon together.
The event will take place at the Green Free Library, which is located at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro, PA 16901. If you would like more information you may contact the library at (570)-724-4876.

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The Fifth Season

Every day should honor those guarding the gates of freedom.

by Sara Vogt

Yesterday morning we enjoyed watching children honor our veterans during a Veterans Day Service at the Don Gill Elementary School. Principal Steve Adams opened the event by explaining Armistice Day and how it became a legal federal holiday called Veterans Day. It all started when the 4th grade class sang the National Anthem. Then Mr. Adams introduced fourteen veterans and they each shared about their military service. The guest veterans were James Mack, Henry Topf, Dr. Bair, Luc Pecynski, Teddy Whitten, Frank Levindoski, Eddie Calhan, Roger Bunn, Gene Clark, Ed Wilson, Stanley Pargells, Tim Cleveland, Eldon Cummings and Robert Spencer. Music teacher Mrs. Mark Simmonis once again led the second and third graders as they sang ‘There Are Many Flags’ and ‘America the Beautiful.’ Col. Eldon Cummings was the keynote speaker. He asked the students what they believed a veteran was and received many wonderful answers.

The observance of Veterans Day continued with a service on the Green at 11:00am. An invocation for the service was demonstrated by Calvin Cobb, Chaplain of the VFW Post 4907. The Wellsboro Men Chorus performed a number of patriotic songs for the service. Master Sergeant Clare R. Emery spoke about three women veterans from World War 2 (including Emma Shaw, who attended the event). Sergeant Emery reflected on the day and its meaning and the honoring of all veterans who have helped to protect our country. The service ended with the Tioga County Honor Guard presenting a rifle salute followed by taps played by Stanley Parsells.

Wellsboro Home Page and our family of advertisers want to thank all of our veterans for their service, courage and sacrifice.

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The Fifth Season

Thank our veterans today & meet Sonic Escape!

by Sara Vogt

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their service, patriotism, love of country, and willingness to sacrifice for the common good of the United States on Veterans Day.
Our Home Page staff and family of advertisers want to thank all of our veterans today. We also encourage you to attend the Veterans Day Service at 9:00am at Don Gill Elementary school, or join us this morning at 11:00 for the service on the Green. In the studio today we are honored to have the main speaker for the event, Master Sergeant Clare R. Emery, invite us all to come to honor veterans. If you are not able to attend the service, we hope you contact a veteran that you know and thank them for their service.
Remember to join us tomorrow as we air highlights from this year’s Veterans Day tributes at both Don Gill Elementary School and the service on The Green.

Also on today’s feature – an interview with Maria Millar, violinist/composer for Sonic Escape. The musical trio will be appearing in concert for the Wellsboro Community Concert Association this Friday night at 7:30 in the Wellsboro High School Auditorium. To lear more about each member of SonicEscape, you can visit their website at www.sonicescapemusic.com. Maria shared with us how she loves to move when she plays. She enjoys inline skating with her violin, while her husband has been known to ski while playing his flute. (You can watch the video to see for yourself!) Maria also spoke about the connections they make with the audience during their performances. They (as a group) enjoy the interactions and the responses they receive doing their live performances, and will often ask and answer audience questions mid-concert.
When you purchase your ticket for the concert, you can bring as many children as you would like! You can buy your tickets here: BUY TICKETS.

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The Fifth Season

When we push, a reaction takes place that is invariably larger than what we expected.

by Derrel Emmerson

Psalm 131
A song of ascents. Of David.
1 My heart is not proud, LORD,
like a weaned child I am content.
3 Israel my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.

Christians may be entitled to peace but they do become miserable from time to time. The times I am most despondent are those times when I fall into that category of persons who feel it is their job to fix everything that I perceive is wrong. I have images of myself running in circles like a dog chasing my tail and every once in a while actually catching it. Then, I ‘yelp’ as if I am suffering from some outside force and all the while I am biting at myself.

It is an illusion to believe that when it comes to relating to others that we can fix them or circumstances to create a perfect world. We fix nothing. It is the nature of this world that when you push something or someone in one place they bulge out in another. “Cause and effect” influences most of what happens in life and try as we may we cannot see all the consequences of our actions. We need to have enough insight to accept that as a fact.

When we push, a reaction takes place that is invariably larger than what we expected. We are arrogant to think otherwise. That is precisely why the believer needs to develop a trust in Providence to take over and order the pieces on this giant chess board for ultimate, how be it temporary, “solutions” which usually turn out to be nothing more than cutting a course through a sea of dangerous alternatives.

This is especially true when we have to relate to other people. When people are pushed they eventually end up exercising their wills in obvious or secret ways to resist the cure we would prescribe for them. Nothing will reach them but what has reached us and that is what has reached us at the seat of our wills, the heart.

The Psalmist David was very aware of this. Even though he was familiar with the tendency of sheep to be herded when he became a leader of people he learned people are not sheep. As they sheep they need care and direction but unlike sheep people follow only when they get what they want and what they think they need. Too much pondering on why this is so always leads us to the conclusion that the ways of men are “great matters or things too wonderful (overwhelming)” for us.

David discovered the eventual solution for this ague of the soul was simply learning how to quiet himself as a child weaned from its mother. Such a child no longer has to cry to get the comfort of care. A “weaned child” has only to ask and trust. The formula is a simple powerful one: speak truth and life; act on truth and life; trust in the truth and life which we have embraced as the Way of God. Sow your seed of good will, love and labors and trust God for the growth.

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Hornet season comes to close after playoff matchup against Panthers

by Ed Weaver


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The Wellsboro Varsity Football team’s season came to an end as they fell 36-26 to North Penn in the first round of District IV Class A playoffs on Friday, November 7.

Unlike last week, Wellsboro didn’t have the magic to rebound after North Penn’s scores and were in catch up mode all night. Turnovers did the Hornets in on the night as Senior Quarterback Michael Pietropola had four passes intercepted, his highest in a game during his career.

“When you turn the ball over as much as we did tonight it doesn’t sit well,” said head coach Matt Hildebrand. “Last week we turned the ball over too but were fortunate enough to get a few bounces our way but that didn’t happen this week.

“It’s not all on the guys,” Hildebrand went on to say. “There were some situations that I maybe put us in that we shouldn’t have been in. Maybe I should have punted a couple of times early on in the first half. You second guess yourself now but they (North Penn) are a good football team and I think we are pretty evenly matched and were to come out and do it again there is a shot that we come out on top again so it’s a tough one right now.”

The Hornet defense held the Panthers to a three-and-out on their opening drive and got the ball on the 35-yard line to start. The Hornets marched right down the field as Pietropola, Senior Jarret Dean, and Junior Nick Tremper got the team down to the North Penn 23-yard line before Pietropola’s first pass was intercepted in the end zone for a touchback.

North Penn couldn’t get anything going and both teams traded drives until the Panthers finally flipped the field position in the punting game after downing the Hornets at their own one-yard line. North Penn stopped the Hornets and regained possession at the Wellsboro 37-yard line. Two plays later, Bo Burleigh connected with Luke Kelly for a 25 yard pass to put the Panthers up 6-0 with 2:13 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Hornets’ next drive stalled and they were forced to punt the ball back to North Penn, but the Panthers were unable to gain the required yardage after crossing into Hornet territory. The Hornets got the ball back on their own 15-yard line and on the next play Pietropola threw a dart to Senior Kieron Smethers who accelerated past the Panther defense for an 85 yard touchdown. Senior Jack Chambers connected on the extra point to give Wellsboro a 7-6 lead, their only one of the game with 8:57 remaining in the first half.

Both teams traded drives before the Panthers put an 11 play drive together to retake the lead. North Penn’s Levi Christman put North Penn back in front 12-7 on a nine yard run up the middle with 2:03 left. They would pad that lead as Burleigh called his own number from eight yards out to make it an 18-7 lead at halftime.

The Hornets would receive the second half kick but were unable to get any offense going and punted the ball back to North Penn. The Hornet defense would get the ball back just a few plays later as Senior Nick Marple stepped in front of a Burleigh pass. All was for naught as the Hornets would turn the ball right back over two plays later. Bryce Zaparzynski intercepted a Pietropola pass that grazed off a Hornet receiver’s hands and took it 45 yards to the house to give North Penn a 24-7 lead with 9:22 showing on the clock in the third quarter.

Both teams traded drives again following the North Penn touchdown. After stopping the Panthers, Wellsboro got the ball back at their own 30-yard line. After a seven yard run by Pietropola, the signal caller hit Marple on a nice over-the-shoulder catch for a gain of 57 yards to get the Hornets into the red zone at the Panthers’ 16-yard line. After a three yard pass to Marple, Pietropola’s next pass was intercepted in the end zone to give North Penn back the ball.

The Panthers would then travel the 80 yards and would score with 16 seconds remaning in the third quarter as Burleigh hit Christman on a 17 yard pass to put the Panthers up 30-7.

Wellsboro would answer back after the Panther score. Pietropola hit Smethers on back-to-back passes before a six yard run. On the next play Pietropola hit Marple for 45 yards to make the score 30-13 after Chambers’ extra point was blocked with 11:17 remaining in the game.

North Penn would score their last touchdown on the next drive as Zaparzynski found the end zone from seven yards out with 9:25 remaining to go up 36-13.

Wellsboro’s following drive was stopped again on an interception, but the Wellsboro defense stepped up and forced the Panthers to punt. The Hornets went to work through the air as Pietropola hit Senior Nick Levindoski twice, Junior Anthony Cooper twice, and Smethers once to get the Hornets to the Panthers’ 14-yard line. Pietropola and Dean carried the ball to get to the eight-yard line and Pietropola hit Marple for five yards before calling his own number from three yards out with 3:27 left in the game. Chambers hit the extra point this time to bring the score to 36-20.

After stopping North Penn on their ensuing drive the Hornets would get the ball back for the final time. Pietropola again took to the air and hit Senior Dylan Widows for 13 yards and back-to-back passes to Levindoski and Marple to get to the North Penn four-yard line. Pietropola threw his third touchdown pass on the next play as he found Marple in the end zone with nine seconds remaining. Chambers’ kick split the uprights bringing the final score to 36-26 in favor of the Panthers.

Pietropola finished the game with 388 yards passing as he went 26-for-42 on the night. Pietropola’s three touchdown passes gave him 23 for the season and 68 for his career, a new Wellsboro Varsity Football Record* and District IV record. He also ends the season with 2,162 yards becomming the only quarterback in Wellsboro history to throw for over 2,000 yards in multiple seasons. His final career yardage stands at 6,150.

“Michael is a great kid and great athlete but a better person,” Hildebrand said of his quarterback. “He has a great work ethic and that’s what has gotten him to the point where he is today. He deserves all the recognition and everything that he gets. It didn’t happen overnight, there was a lot of hours and hard work put in during the off-season and the weight room and has set a new precedent for quarterbacks at Wellsboro and in District IV and I hope his has bigger things to come.”

Pietropola also was the leading rusher on the night as he gained 50 yards on 14 carries. Mack carried the ball six times for two yards, giving him 861 on the year. Marple was the leading receiver as he caught nine passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Smethers caught six passes for 114 yards and a touchdown, Levindoski caught six passes for 77 yards, and Cooper hauled in two passes for 38 yards.

Marple ends the season with 931 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the team, while Smethers finished with 712 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Tremper led the team with 10 tackles, giving him 105 for the season. Pietropola and Senior Trystan Wheatley each added nine on the night, and Seniors Michael Brostrom and Ben Davis each had seven.

The Hornets end the 2014 season with a record of 8-3 (3-2 NTL Division 1), while North Penn will face South Williamsport for the District IV Class A championship next week.

Wellsboro has enjoyed their first back-to-back winning seasons since the team finished 9-2 and 6-3 in 1995 and 1996 under former head coach Russ Manney. Hildebrand credits his seniors for this accomplishment and for turning the program around from a one or two win team every year.

“This group are a great bunch of kids. I was able to coach them back in Middle School and I knew we had something special then,” Hildebrand said. “I hope I was able to get the full potential out of each kid, but they really set the standard for this program and got us the respect level that it is now and put us on the map. These guys had a great journey. They’re the reason we went to Indianapolis this summer, the reason why we went 10-0 in the regular season last year, and the reason why we won eight games this year.

“It’s a new standard for the program because we were satisfied with a 5-5 season and now we’re upset that we finished 8-3 but that’s a good thing because it sets the standard for younger guys to come and this group has done a great job of setting the bar high for the program. This group will be very successful in anything they do in life because they have high standards and expect so much from themselves and everybody around them,” Hildebrand concluded.

– A HUGE thank you to Remote Intelligence for providing the aerial shots from tonight’s game (and for all aerial footage provided this season.)

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The Fifth Season

Jesus comes to bring us rest in the otherwise confusion and activity of the world.

by Derrel Emmerson

Psalm 46
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Quiet Please.

I am repetitively convicted of my lack of giving God my loving attention. It is so very easy to let things slip, to drift, to take our prayers and devotions for granted merely as an exercise which we must undertake in order to be faithful. However, God does not need our devotion. He wants our fellowship. We need to be devoted so that we can cultivate the most important relationship in our lives- the one which Christ made possible.

I find that my own inconsistent behavior does not in the least affect his faithfulness to me and that is enough to draw me back to Him without condemnation. It is like going to seen an old friend who meets us at the door and says merely, “I am so glad to see you.”

Quiet is like a well cultivated garden in ground in which there would otherwise be weeds. It is possible to find an edible or two in a weed patch but if you want fruit you must cultivate the soil. So it is with the inner life of the believer. We must make a real effort to have periods of quiet and reflection in our lives in order to develop a heart that is receptive to God.

Quiet or rest is not the author’s idea. It is God’s idea in the institution of the Sabbath. Jesus comes to bring us rest in the otherwise confusion and activity of the world. In Him we learn to live in the Kingdom of completeness now. We are immersed in the Lord but surfing on the waves as one whose immersion is in the air. If we are not breathing Him we are drowning and don’t know it and are merely making frantic strokes underwater as if somehow we can live in the depths.

The measure of God is not man but most certainly the measure of man is God.

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A look at this week’s highlights on Wellsboro Home Page.

by Wellsboro Home Page Staff

It’s time once again to take a look at what happened the past week. The Weekly Highlights are a great way to catch up, but don’t forget that you can always watch the full stories from either our front page or the archives section.
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COUNTY RIVALS FACE OFF IN EPIC SHOWDOWN
The North Penn-Mansfield Panthers traveled to Wellsboro to face their arch-rival, the Hornets, for the final game of the regular season. This game is one of the marquee matchup’s of the year in the NTL.
The results of this game sets up a great playoff match-up between these two teams this weekend. The Hornets will take on the Panthers in Island Park for a great first round playoff game. If you are looking for something exciting to do this weekend, make sure you get out to this game. It will be a playoff match-up for the ages! A game that no one in Wellsboro, Blossburg, and Mansfield will want to miss!
Watch the video above to find out more!
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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF A SELF-PORTRAIT
The Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center was given to the Wellsboro Community by Arthur J. Gmeiner. Mr. Gmeiner was born here in Tioga County and he wanted to leave a place for us to gather to enjoy the arts. This month’s exhibit is the art of one woman, Tania O’Donnell. Tania is an artist working and living in Havertown, a western suburb of Philadelphia, PA. She holds a Masters degree from the University of the Arts, and is a recipient of the Sylvia G. Wexler Award for Excellence in Graduate study.
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NARNIA COMES TO WELLSBORO
Young actors and actresses at Wellsboro Area High School have been working hard this season. Peter Davis, the director of this year’s drama, recently talked with us and revealed some of the inside details for their latest production, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Armed with elaborate costumes and noteworthy acting skills, the students weave a storyline that makes the stage come alive as they give their rendition of the popular tale. The drama is being performed at the Wellsboro Area High School Auditorium this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm. Make sure to clear time on your schedule to stop by and watch these budding actors and actresses tell their version of the story, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe!”
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LOCAL CHORUSES TO PERFORM ON SUNDAY
Come enjoy a special concert this Sunday – For Love of God and Country performed by the Wednesday Morning Musicales Chorus and the Wellsboro Women’s Chorus. The For Love of God & Country concert will start at 2 PM at the United Methodist Church on Main Street in Wellsboro. After the concert desserts will be served in the basement of the church. A freewill offering would be appreciated in support of the concert and desserts. The accompanist is Judy Smithgall and Diana Frazier is the director.
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NOVEMBER’S FIRST FRIDAY
It’s that time of year again; hats, gloves, coats, skis, beautiful clothes, tires, housewares, decorations, great food, hot cocoa, and much more! You’ll find all of these items at special savings with great deals all over town during Wellsboro’s FIRST FRIDAY events! Our town holds these events on the first Friday of each month. You can enjoy a relaxing day of shopping and dining. Check out all the great deals that stores and shops throughout our community are having. In fact, this is a perfect time to do a little early Christmas shopping and enjoy time together with family and friends. You won’t want to miss the beautiful merchandise and great deals. From The 5th Season’s apparel to snow skis at Country Ski and Sports, the big savings are here in Wellsboro during FIRST FRIDAY.

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Don’t miss out on the special deals and activities of fall’s last First Friday!

by John Vogt

It’s that time of year again; hats, gloves, coats, skis, beautiful clothes, tires, housewares, decorations, great food, hot cocoa, and much more! You’ll find all of these items at special savings with great deals all over town today on this FIRST FRIDAY celebration in Wellsboro!

Make today a relaxing day of shopping and dining. Check out all the great deals that stores and shops throughout our community are having. In fact, this is a perfect time to do a little early Christmas shopping and enjoy time together with family and friends.

You won’t want to miss the beautiful merchandise and great deals. From The 5th Season’s apparel to snow skis at Country Ski and Sports, the big savings are here in Wellsboro during FIRST FRIDAY.

Wellsboro Pennsylvania, WHERE THE STORES ARE!
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Automax
470 Tioga Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-6262

Rockwell’s Feed Farm and Pet Supply
1943 Shumway Hill Road
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-0967

Bastian Tire & Auto Center
417 Tioga Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-2461

San-Du Auto Sales
Tioga Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-1663
Country Ski & Sports
81 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-3858

Shabby Rue Fashions and Home Decor
69 Main Street # 1
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 723-8809

Rue Too
17 1/2 Crafton Street
Wellsboro, PA
570-723-8809

Dunham’s Department Store
45 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-1905

Shady Grove Natural Market
144 Tioga Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 787-0555

Dunhams’ Furniture
17 Waln Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-2100

Simply Sweet by Stef
(570) 948-9006

From My Shelf Books & Gifts
25 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-5793

Terry’s Hoagies
7 Charleston Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-7532

Garrison’s Men’s Shop
89 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-3497

The Farmer’s Daughter
11719 Route 6
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-1966

Hampson’s Agway Farm & Garden
11473 Route 6
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-221-6055

The Fifth Season
100 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-6910

Highland Chocolates
11724 Route 6
Wellsboro, PA 16901
570-724-9334

Timeless Destination
77 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-8499

Hub’s Home Oxygen & Medical
86 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-1515

Tioga Country Club
759 Pine Creek Road
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-1653

In My Shoes
85 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-2646

Tioga County Railroad
9 Muck Road
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-0990

Tioga Office Products
96 East Avenue
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-4060

Indigo Wireless
64 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
570-787-6000

Weis Markets
11798 Route 6
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-6364

Pop’s Culture Shoppe
2 East Ave
Wellsboro, Pennsylvania 16901
(570) 723-4263

Lewis Homes
13117 Route 6
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-2161

Wild Asaph Outfitters
71 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-5155

Peggy’s Candies and Gifts
82 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-3317

Wired Rooster
76 Main St
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-1001

Penn Oak Realty Inc.
65 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-8000

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The Fifth Season

Thoughts to reflect on regarding who we are.

by Derrel Emmerson

“We all gain from the words of others taking what they have taught us and multiplying it through our faith, thought and our lives. Thus truth comes and is magnified through the believer from one generation to another.” derrel emmerson, editor

It is self evident that when people depose of God they really mean that they want to be God and they will do everything they can do to become his replacement. It is then that they have to come up with an explanation and a fix for everything. They have to make every effort to become omniscient, omnipotent, all knowing and immortal. When they discover they cannot achieve these characteristics they make every effort to freeze themselves in human memory. They try to create a historical legacy or mark their graves with some granite reminder they were here in power and glory. (Of course, we speak in metaphors.) An Anonymous Transient, “life, identity and purpose without Capitals”

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Come and enjoy this special choral concert – For Love of God & Country!

by Sara Vogt

Come enjoy a special concert this Sunday – For Love of God and Country performed by the Wednesday Morning Musicales Chorus and the Wellsboro Women’s Chorus.

In today’s feature Diana Frazier tells us how her love of music started at a young age as she took piano lessons herself. Diana graduated with a music degree from Mansfield University and later taught at Liberty Schools. She has also taught many of our children piano in her own home, which she still continues to do to this day, with thirty students currently talking lessons. She also expressed her enjoyment in directing the two musical groups.

The Wednesday Morning Musicales were organized in December 1934 – approximately 80 years ago. This group was organized to promote interest in music. One of the objectives was to organize a choral group within the club. The chorus performs for one of the meetings during the year for the Wednesday Morning Musicale Club. Marian Miller is the accompanist and Diana Frazier is the director.

The Wellsboro Women’s Chorus started in 1979 with five members. Pat Davis served as both pianist and director for about 10 years. The chorus now has openings for up to 15 members in each of the 3 voice parts – Soprano 1, Soprano 2, and Alto. The chorus is always eager to sing at any functions.

The For Love of God & Country concert will start at 2 PM at the United Methodist Church on Main Street in Wellsboro. After the concert desserts will be served in the basement of the church. A freewill offering would be appreciated in support of the concert and desserts. The accompanist is Judy Smithgall and Diana Frazier is the director.

Some of the songs that will be performed include The Star-Spangled Banner, The Prayer, Thank You Soldiers and God Bless America to name just a few.

If you are interested in joining one or both of the groups featured today, please call Diana Frazier at 570-724-5926 or e-mail her at tim1lynne@epix.net.

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The Fifth Season

We will do well to cultivate a spirit of wonder.

by Derrel Emmerson


Psalm 47
1 Clap your hands, all you nations;
shout to God with cries of joy.
2 For the Lord Most High is awesome,
the great King over all the earth.
3 He subdued nations under us,
peoples under our feet.
4 He chose our inheritance for us,
the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.
5 God has ascended amid shouts of joy,
the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth;
sing to him a psalm of praise.
8 God reigns over the nations;
God is seated on his holy throne.
9 The nobles of the nations assemble
as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings] of the earth belong to God;
he is greatly exalted.

When I was a student in Jr. College we always delighted to have one Pastor Scott come to speak at chapel. That is because he was a great story teller and always had a few really great jokes.

On story I remember well. The pastor was speaking on the importance of awe and wonder. To illustrate he said that there was a boy scout who was given the gift of a trip of a lifetime by his parents of modest income. The boy got to tour the southwest and everywhere he went he wrote a postcard home. Finally the tour took him to the Grand Canyon. The boy went to the edge and looked at the magnificent expanse before him. Then he looked down into the yawning cavity beneath him to the river far away. After a few moments he took out a post card and began to write:

“Dear Mom and Dad, We came to the grand Canyon today. For the first time in my whole life I spit a whole mile. Your loving son, Tony.”

Need we say more? We are suffering a deficit when we see everything as existing for our plaything. We will do well to cultivate a spirit of wonder, awe and thanksgiving. We will do well to recognize the genius and kindness of our Creator. That is true maturity which will make us richer for the development of the virtue of worship.

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Wellsboro High School to host The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

by Elise Becker

Young actors and actresses at Wellsboro Area High School have been working hard this season. Peter Davis, the director of this year’s drama, recently talked with us and revealed some of the inside details for their latest production, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Armed with elaborate costumes and noteworthy acting skills, the students weave a storyline that makes the stage come alive as they give their rendition of the popular tale. The drama is being performed at the Wellsboro Area High School Auditorium this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm. Make sure to clear time on your schedule to stop by and watch these budding actors and actresses tell their version of the story, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe!”

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